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    Phantom Thread (Blu-ray) review

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    Set in the glamour of the 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and over. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by the scariest curse of all…love.

    My Thoughts
    Paul Thomas Anderson is a writer/director who has a loyal following of fans, but I don’t consider me one of this group. While I enjoyed Boogie Nights, I couldn’t stand Magnolia (one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen), but I’d heard good things about this and thought I’d give it a try. Well, that was a mistake.

    To call this movie slow would be an insult to slow movies. The glacial pacing attempts to set the mood of the film and sets up the love story between the two stars, but frankly, I didn’t find that they had that much chemistry at all—maybe because I was fighting to stay awake! On their own, the acting was quite good, I liked the score, and the cinematography was good, but it just didn’t click with me or my wife.

    Video 4.5/5 (AVC)

    Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

    Special Features:

    • Camera Tests
    • For the Hungry Boy (Deleted Scenes)
    • House of Woodcock Fashion Show
    • Behind the Scenes Photographs
    • Blu-ray + Movies Anywhere Digital Copy

    This may be one of those movies where you have to be in the right mood to watch it, and I obviously wasn’t. It’s an arthouse film that my appeal to a very narrow audience, but if you’re a fan of Anderson’s other films, you’ll probably like it more than I did.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    I agree with almost everything you said, but for me they were largely positives.

    I saw this knowing absolutely nothing about it except Daniel Day Lewis and PT Anderson were involved, but given the pedigree expectations were high. It wasn't what I expected but I still really liked it.

    If for nothing else it's worth it to see DDL's performance. It may well be his best, and is notable for the fact that he plays a (sort of) normal person and not so much a larger than life character like he usually does. This one is all about subtlety and he crushes it to the point it almost feels like an intimate documentary.

    What this movie is "about" is a tenuous relationship between two people who need each other but can hardly stand each other. (Which is perhaps why you felt they had no chemistry?)

    The pacing really added to this for me, as we keep (slowly) discovering what their issues are along with them vs. being hit over the head with on the nose storytelling.

    All I know is that I'll never let someone make me an omelet. (Gotta watch the movie to get that one.)

    Oh and I gotta mention I saw this in beautiful 70mm at Alamo Drafthouse. Anderson shot it in 35mm and blew it up to 70mm for the very limited theatrical film release, so the whole thing is bathed in a lovely exaggerated grain. It looked gorgeous, and had a very Barry Lyndon quality to it. (And also shares that film's glacial pace too.)
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